Congratulations to Don's Original for being the Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce's choice in October for Business of the Month! For over 70 years, the home of the famous “Original Ground Steak Sandwich" has been proudly serving the Irondequoit community.
In 1945, Donald J. Barbato and Robert Berl opened the Seabreeze “roadside hot dog stand" under the name Don & Bob's. After owning multiple business locations Barbato re-branded the iconic Seabreeze restaurant in 1973 under a new name and Don's Original was born.
Current owner, Terry Klee of Pittsford, has owned Don's Original for 27 years and offers the same dedication and commitment to the brand as its original owners. In fact, Klee began working for the Barbato family at their Brighton location as a teenager back in 1974. Klee's current manager, Oscar Herrera of Irondequoit, has worked at Don's Original for 17 years himself. Over the course of the year the establishment employees 15-30 people depending on the season but it's the customers that keep Klee so invested in his business.
"We're a landmark hot dog stand," Klee says describing his Seabreeze location. “We have a lot of die-hard, loyal customers…it's a nostalgic kind of place".